Now President Donald Trump is having second thoughts about meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June.
He fears the summit could turn out to be an embarrassment to him and the United States. The president was upset by comments made by North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator who said his country would never trade away its nuclear weapons capability in exchange for economic aid.
After weeks of mouthing words of a conciliatory tone by Kim, the president was angered by what the North’s nuclear negotiator said. But the summit was still on at this writing.
The president’s reputation as a skilled negotiator will be on the line if the two leaders meet.
We never expected that much would come from a meeting of the two countries. And even if some type of an agreement would be reached, North Korea can’t be trusted. The belief here is that China has been behind the North agreeing to a meeting with President Trump. China’s goal is to become the world’s economic and military leader, dropping the U.S. to second place. A war between the North and the U.S. could delay China’s plans to be the world’s leader. China would probably back the North in a war. China has said it will back the North only if the U.S. attacks first. Like the North, China is not to be trusted.
It’s all speculation at this point. We are sure the president’s advisers have told him all about the perils of meeting and not meeting. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.